Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Upcoming documentary charts history of HandMade Films, co-founded by George Harrison

The Guardian today has a nice article about "An Accidental Studio," a new documentary about HandMade Films, the studio co-founded by George Harrison, which produced a number of offbeat and acclaimed films, such as "Withnail and I," "Monty Python's Life of Brian," "The Long Good Friday," "Time Bandits" and more.

The story of HandMade is really a love story: at heart, it’s about the love that Harrison had for Monty Python. When the first episode of Monty Python’s Flying Circus was aired in 1969, Harrison sent a fan letter via the BBC (they never received it, says Michael Palin), and he liked to say that the Beatles’ mischievous spirit migrated to the Pythons at around that time. Having brought Life of Brian back to life, though, he realised that he wanted to help other creative people, too – whether or not that made commercial sense. “If something’s really good,” he said, “it deserves to be made.”


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